Combi Ovens Are A Modern Chef’s Tool

Kitchens have gotten smaller in an effort to maximise dining space, the demand for higher output commercial chef equipment has gone up and up.

Along with this, the desire for powerful, versatile units that can perform more than one function has increased too, and for all of these different needs, combi ovens provide an answer. While a relatively new technology, combis have quickly become a cornerstone of commercial kitchens throughout Australia and across the world.

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Combi Ovens: A Modern Chef’s Tool

Combi ovens were, up until relatively recently, associated with bulk production. Today, though, as more and more kitchens discover the incredible power of the technology, it’s not uncommon to see combis being put to every type of cooking task imaginable – regardless of whether that’s in a mass production environment like a hospital, or a tiny, charming cafe.

In fact, there are also plenty of emerging areas where combi ovens are proving to be very successful. A great example is in the preparation of Asian-style food, which would traditionally require a wok. With the right combi oven, the same results can be achieved without the need for specialist equipment, or even a chef with expertise in that area of cooking.

When it comes to the best combi ovens on the market, you simply can’t go past RATIONAL.

RATIONAL: The World’s Leading Combi Ovens

Here at Comcater, RATIONAL is a hugely important part of our business. As the global and Australian market leader when it comes to combi ovens, RATIONAL provide incredible pieces of equipment, with intelligence, speed, efficiency and ease of use all key considerations within the brand.

A big part of the RATIONAL methodology is innovation, and leading the charge to make combi ovens a fixture of every commercial cooking business. In the past, this wasn’t feasible due to the larger size and focus on high production, which meant that combis simply weren’t suited to smaller restaurants or cafes. This has been a big focus area for RATIONAL combis over the last few years, with smaller, bench top options bringing the power of a great combi oven to establishments of all shapes and sizes.

Within the RATIONAL line of combi ovens, there are two key models for businesses to consider. Firstly, there’s the iCombi Pro, which features four intelligent functions: iCookingSuite, iDensityControl, iProductionManager and iCareSystem. Then there is the iCombi Classic, which has all of the same cooking quality but with a more streamlined manual operation interface.

More Than An Oven

Of course, there’s far more to the modern oven that simple cooking power. Everything from cleaning to service support needs to be considered, and this is another area where RATIONAL excels. All cleaning is done automatically and with phosphate free tablets rather than liquid for the safest possible operation. In addition, the iCombi Pro also feature a 12 minute interim clean option.

To ensure you have a thorough understanding of the unit, we run iCombi live events every two weeks. This provides an opportunity for people to come along and learn about the technology and what it can add to their kitchen.
For more information on RATIONAL combi ovens, be sure to get in touch with Comcater today – a leading provider of commercial kitchen equipment.

A combi oven allows you to cook with hot air (convection), steam or a combination of both. In convection mode, the combi circulates dry heat, which makes it ideal for delicate products such as pastries. Steam mode is ideal for steaming rice, vegetables or fish. Combination mode uses a combination of dry heat and steam, which ensures the food, does not dry out, minimises food shrinkage and allows for even browning. Ideal for roasts and gratins.
When deciding to invest in a new combi you want to consider the improvements it will make to your kitchen. They can replace or reduce the amount of traditional cooking equipment in a kitchen thus saving you space and energy costs. The number of hours requiring skilled labour can be reduced. Most combi ovens feature information display panels where with a touch of a button any staff in the kitchen will be able to operate. RATIONAL combi ovens make operation even easier with intelligent automated cooking processes to ensure anyone can achieve the best quality result. Cleaning is easy. Many combi ovens offer self-cleaning thus reducing the amount of time and effort required by kitchen staff. Higher quality finished food products. The combination of convection and steam cooking preserves nutrients, flavour, and reduces food shrinkage and wastage. HACCP compliance is supported. Many combis can record and document your HACCP requirements.
A combi oven is a multi functional piece of equipment. You can grill, roast, bake, steam, stew, blanch or poach. Some combis like those manufactured by RATIONAL can provide additional accessories, which can also allow you perform other functions such as smoking foods.
Yes. With the ability to adjust fan speeds and humidity you will be able to impress your customers with outstanding baked goods. You can work with your own fresh dough, frozen products or items that are ready to bake.
In today’s market, there are two types of technologies available to produce steam in a combi oven – Steam generator/Boiler system and an Injection system.  
  1.  Steam Generator/Boiler system provides 100% steam saturation allowing for fresh, nutritious and vibrant looking products. An Injection system simply sprays water on the dry heat heating elements.  The system only works in combination mode – no 100% steam saturation. The result is that on sensitive products such as broccoli and cauliflower, the products often do not look fresh (brown in colour).
  2. With a high performance steam generator/boiler system there is no temperature loss when steam is fed to the cooking cabinet. The result is shorter cooking times without unnecessary energy loss. However, an Injection System usually drops in cabinet temperature when cold water is spread in the cooking cabinet resulting in longer cooking times and higher energy usage.
  3. In a steam generator/boiler system, unwanted residue such as dirt, rust, iron or copper remain in the boiler and are rinsed out automatically. However, in Injection Systems the residue can potentially be sprayed on to the food.
  4. Steam generator/boiler system are reliable and durable as there is no heat stress on unit parts. 
Injection System combis tend to have a shorter life span of parts and unit, as cold water is continuously sprayed on the very hot heating elements.  The heating elements as well as the welding seams of the cooking cabinet are thus exposed to an enormous amount of heat stress. 
Yes. Combi ovens produce a lot of steam and heat, so it is necessary to have adequate extraction. In most municipalities, extraction is a legal requirement. RATIONAL has a range of exhaust hoods for those that may not have access to existing ventilation or would prefer not to install externally ducted ventilation. Please check with your local council.
Yes. Preheating your combi oven is recommended. This ensures you get consistency in your cooking results. Most combi oven will automatically preheat and alert you when the preheat process has been completed.
The range of combi ovens currently available on the market vary significantly in features and quality, therefore price can also differ significantly. Some model sizes are capable of feeding 500+ people per day can cost you around $70,000 however entry level units for smaller venues can cost less than $15,000.